Overall: I don’t think I have any complaints. I am a huge stickler when it comes to the movies, but I was very, very pleased and still cannot think of anything I am legitimately mad/upset/sad about.
I am talking about a bunch of things in the new HP7 Part 1, so if you are hiding from HP7 talk, read no further!
They throw you right in, which I actually really liked – there’s not really time to explain everything and I think skipping over a lot of backstory helped move the movie along. Hermione’s “obliviate” part nearly made me cry and it was in the first couple of minutes of the movie! Ack.
I had heard Harry just… let her go, and I was upset about that before going into the movie because honestly, Harry would never do that – just let her go and never see her again? However! He lets her go, but that’s not where Hedwig’s part ends. Even though it’s not 100% true to the book, it accomplishes the same goal and is just as painful, so I was okay with it.
The Three Brothers
I had no idea this part would be as awesome as it was. The animation was delightfully creepy and beautiful, and I love how they revealed the story.
The Dobby in this film is a weensy bit cuter and much more endearing than the second movie. I saw his death coming from miles away, and it was still totally devastating. I am tearing up again just thinking about that part – he was just so brave and helpful and oh! So sad. Truly. I cried.
The places the trio visit during their horcrux hunt are absolutely beautiful. Well done, location scouts.
Daniel is notorious for jumping at all the expected moments in the movies and I rarely do. Even though I knew the truth about Bathilda Bagshot, it still made me jump when she revealed her true form. That was basically the only part that I thought was truly scary.
Minor Wishlisty Gripes
I did notice they left out the bit where the trio meets up with Dean Thomas (or was it Lee Jordan? I forget.) and Tonks’s dad and Griphook in the forest. I kept waiting for it to happen and it never did. I don’t really mind this, exactly, and I see why they left it out, but I did notice it was gone.
Also, the movie moved super fast. They packed a LOT of action into the film and even though it was about two and a half hours long, the pace was quickquick. I didn’t really notice it at the time, but afterward I thought about the movie as a whole and realized that Snape and Neville were both in the movie for about 12 seconds total which made me sad, but I think both of them will be featured much more heavily in Part 2.
Honestly, the movie really surpassed my expectations. I really cannot think of anything legitimate to gripe about and that says a lot. I’m considering seeing it in the theater again!